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Entries from November 2010

Wine World opens Wednesday in Wallingford

November 30th, 2010 by master

This is from Marina at our sister site My Wallingford:

The 23,000-square-foot wine store that replaces Office Max at 400 N.E. 45th St. in Wallingford will open as planned on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Wine World owner and sommelier David LeClaire, a Maple Leaf resident, told us last month that the enormous store will “blow people away.” “There’s nothing like what we’re doing in the Northwest,” he said. With its location at the I-5 exit and visibility from the freeway, LeClaire intends for his Wine World to attract oenophiles from all over Puget Sound and beyond.

Wine World Warehouse employees were stocking the shelves and about a dozen staffers were getting training when we stopped by to take pictures this past weekend.

Here’s how the space looks:

This is one of two 30-foot tasting bars:

The store is slated to open at 11 a.m. Wednesday but close at 4 p.m. for a private event. Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. is a public grand opening celebration — if you see spotlights in Wallingford, you know why.

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Library now has 15,000 more digital books, more Seattle Times archives

November 30th, 2010 by master

The Seattle Public Library has greatly increased its online offerings with an additional 15,000 digital E-books, as well as free access to The Seattle Times historical archives from 1900-1984.

The archive is in addition to the Library’s subscription to digitized copies of the Seattle Times from 1985 to the present. NewsBank, publisher of the Seattle Times Historical Archives, is in the process of digitizing the years 1896 through 1899, with completion expected in January 2011.

The archive is fully searchable and users can print, magnify and save digital copies of the Seattle Times.

To view digital copies of newspapers in the Seattle Times Historical Archives, go to and click on “Library Collection,” then “Databases & Web Sites,” and select “Magazines & Newspapers.” Scroll down the page to find the “Seattle Times Historical Archives.”

As for the 15,000 new digital books, they are public domain titles whose copyrights expired. Volunteers from Project Gutenberg have been digitizing public domain books. The Library now has more than 70,000 files in seven digital formats.

The e-books can be downloaded to a PC or Mac, and transferred to some electronic reading devices.

The 15,000 public domain e-book titles are separate from the main OverDrive collection and all files have DRM-free access. The public domain titles are always available and since downloads do not expire, so there are no due dates or late fees to worry about!

To browse and download public domain e-books available via OverDrive, go to and click on “Library Collection,” then select “Digital Books & Media.” Scroll down to the OverDrive section and click the “Go to OverDrive Project Gutenberg e-books” link. A Library card and PIN number are not required to download public domain items.

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Learn more about Perkins School at open house

November 30th, 2010 by master

If you’ve been curious about the benefits of sending your child to The Perkins School, 9005 Roosevelt Way N.E., a couple of opportunities to learn more about the private, non-profit school are coming up.

This Sunday, Dec. 5, as well as on Sunday, Jan. 23, parents are invited to attend an open house at the Maple Leaf school from 2-4 p.m., giving them the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from teachers and current parents about the school, which offers classes from early kindergarten to fifth grade.

Admissions Director Angie Gianelli explained that the school, which limits class sizes at 15 students, follows a “differentiated learning/teaching” technique that is individualized, project-based and hands-on. (You can see just how hands-on The Perkins School is with this earlier post.)

“It has an exceptionally strong science program, which is unusual, and a strong math program,” she said.

Although children aren’t invited to the open houses, Gianelli said that the school does hold a kindergarten day in spring for potential incoming students. Parents also can see classes in action each Wednesday morning during tours at the school, but Gianelli emphasized that the opportunity to speak with teachers and other parents is what’s special about the open houses.

To attend one of the open houses, all you have to do is show up by 2 p.m.; the program starts at 2:15 p.m. However, if you’d like to go on one of the Wednesday tours of the school, call Gianelli at 526-8217 to schedule an appointment.

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Holiday arts & crafts sale in Ravenna on Saturday

November 29th, 2010 by master

You’re invited to shop for unique hand-crafted holiday gifts while kids enjoy a play area and crafts table during the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center’s third annual holiday arts and crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

The sale features an expanded roster of artistic offerings including ceramics, hand-stitched and hand-woven goods, wood cutting boards, candles, jewelry, whimsical clocks, fine art photographs, note cards, handmade original prints, hand-blown glass ornaments and vases, and more!

There will be a kids’ art activity area and play space along with a bake sale to benefit the community center’s teen program. To warm you up, volunteers from the Ravenna Community Garden will have hot soup on hand.  Your purchase of gifts from local arts and craftspeople will support programs at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Also on Saturday is Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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Danger! Metal plates extremely slippery after storm

November 28th, 2010 by Mike

We don’t know exactly why, but metal grates and grills on streets and sidewalks are extremely slippery right now. Do not walk on them!

It’s true in Maple Leaf and – we just got back – also in Victoria, B.C.

In both places they’ve nearly sent us sprawling.

The suspicion is it’s connected to last week’s snow storm, when the city used a new (to us) deicing combination including rock salt on streets. We don’t know if it also causes metal to become slippery, but something has.

It might also have contributed to this tragic story about a dog who was electrocuted on Thanksgiving Day while being walked in Queen Anne. Our partner site, Queen Anne View, says the dog touched a metal plate near a light pole that was apparently leaking electricity.

A link in the story to a pet Web site notes that “stray voltage” is a particular problem when salt is used on streets:

The chances of an individual suffering from injuries brought on by stray voltage is highest in winter when the snow combines with the salt used to melt it to form a salty solution. Salt water is a better conductor of electricity as compared to pure water and so this saltwater slush is especially dangerous

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Christmas tree lots open nearby

November 28th, 2010 by Mike

It’s the Sunday after the day after the day after Thanksgiving, and we know what that means….time to get a tree!

Forget specials at the stores and head to one of these local lots, which started opening with the holidays.

  • Boy Scout Troop 151 has set up its usual lot at Safeway, 7300 Roosevelt Way N. E.
  • The Fairview Church and School, 844 N.E. 78th St., is selling trees in its parking lot (that’s its sign, above, too).
  • Green Lake Elementary School’s trees went on sale starting Friday at the nearby school, 2400 N. 65th St. (Northeast 65th Street and First Avenue Northeast, four blocks west of Interstate 5). It’s the PTA’s 25th annual sale!

We’ll be updating this list as we spot more tree lots. Or suggest your favorite tree haunt!

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sNOw crimes

November 28th, 2010 by Mike

It appears nobody wants to be a burglar when it’s 20 degrees out and very easy to track your footsteps in the snow.

After the spate of burglaries in recent weeks, crime took a holiday beginning Monday, Nov. 22, with the first snow storm of the year.

Since our last report, a few burglaries and auto break-ins have popped up on the city’s crime map.

A car was broken into in the 50o block of Northeast 97th Street. But that happened on Friday, Nov. 26 – after the snow melted.

And a car was stolen on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, from the vicinity of Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street. (The police report is lacking a better address.)

Before the storm the picture is a little different, but so many reports are lacking addresses that it’s a little hard to pin down. We do know a car was stolen on Thursday, Nov. 18, from the 2400 block of Northeast 85th Street. Its loss wasn’t reported until the following Tuesday, Nov. 22.

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Burglary prevention tips for the holidays

November 26th, 2010 by Mike

The wave of burglaries nearby – highlighted by the neighborhood meeting with police last week – also revealed that most recent burglaries started with breaking glass.

The most common method of entry was breaking out a window or the glass in a door. According to Seattle Police:

Burglars usually break in through rear and side doors. If you have the old-fashioned, glass on top and thin paneled on bottom doors, consider replacing them with solid core doors.

Or, police say, you can reinforce the existing door by screwing Plexiglas or Lexan over the window and exterior-grade plywood over the bottom panel.

Rear and basement-level windows are especially vulnerable. Unless they are part of your fire escape plan, they should be fitted with special window locks.

And use a timer, especially during this dark holiday time of year.

A dark house in the late afternoon or early evening looks unoccupied and become more attractive to burglars.

You can download more information from the police about home security here: home security tips (pdf).

Here’s more information online from the police department.

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Kids decorate more than 300 bags for homeless

November 25th, 2010 by master

Photos from Renee Staton and George Allen.

In an effort to help welcome two new homeless camps to the Northeast Seattle community, students at  St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., decorated more than 300 bags that community members helped fill with food on Wednesday night.

Volunteers today are passing out the food bags, along with more than 400 blankets that students have gathered, and wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to members of Nickelsville, which recently moved to a former Lake City fire station at 2806 N.E. 127th St. They also plan to visit Tent City 3, which now is located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, but will be relocating Saturday to Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, located at 10005 32nd Ave. N.E. in nearby Meadowbrook.

You can read more about the effort on KPLU, and a big thank you to Renee Staton and George Allen for all of their organization efforts.

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Put out your garbage after feasting tonight

November 25th, 2010 by master

Even though garbage pickup was suspended Tuesday and Wednesday, Seattle Public Utilities has announced that pickup is scheduled to resume on Friday.

And because of today’s Thanksgiving holiday, those of us with a regular Thursday pickup, which includes most of Maple Leaf, will have our waste picked up on Friday.

Which means, after enjoying your holiday feast and cleaning up the mess, please remember to put out your garbage and recycling tonight or by 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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